• SeaWorld Orlando: Guests can once again board the Polar Express for a virtual trip to the North Pole on select nights Nov. 17-Dec. 31. Also on tap: Angels and animals tell the story of Christmas in O Wondrous Night. An ice-skating show, Winter Wonderland on Ic e, plays amid water fountains and fireworks. Sesame Street characters like Elmo and Telly Monster sing and dance in A Sesame Street Christmas, and a Sea of Trees circles the park’s center lake with 100 lighted and choreographed trees. 407-351-3600. www.seaworldparks.com.
• Legoland: In its second year, Legoland in Winter Haven is again staging its Christmas Bricktacular from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in December. Events include lighting the park’s 30-foot-high Lego Christmas tree, helping to build a smaller Lego tree and a Lego scavenger hunt. Fireworks play Dec. 26-30, and on New Year’s Eve, the fireworks go off at a kid-friendly time, 7 p.m. 877-350-5346, www.florida.legoland.com.
• Edison and Ford Winter Estates: Millions of colored lights will decorate both homes in Fort Myers during December. Last year the American Bus Association, a trade association for the motorcoach and tour group industry, named it one of the nation’s top 100 events. Nightly entertainment is presented by school and community groups. 239-334-7419, www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.
Many hotels will mount Yule displays and stage holiday-oriented events. Here are three with unusual exhibits.
• Gaylord Palms, Orlando: Once again, this hotel will mount its spectacular holiday exhibit, ICE! Using two million pounds of ice, the attraction this year will feature characters from the animated TV show, Merry Madagascar. The display has four two-story ice slides, a nativity set and many ice sculptures. Admission ranges from $13.99 to $27.99. ICE! is open daily from Nov. 10 through Jan. 1. The hotel also offers several other Christmas-oriented programs. 407-586-4423, www.ChristmasAtGaylordPalms.com.
• Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island: S.S. Amelia, a huge gingerbread pirate ship, will greet guests in the lobby of the hotel. Made from more than 1,200 pounds of sugar and 3,000 eggs, the creation will be on view from Nov. 21 to Dec. 28. Tree lightings, home tours and visits by Santa also are planned at several Amelia Island locales. www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland.
• Swan and Dolphin Hotels, Disney World: You can’t eat it, but the hotels will mount a Santa Claus display made entirely of chocolate for the holidays. The lifesize Santa will weigh 1,200 pounds and he’ll be joined with a chocolate fireplace, Christmas tree and toy train. The display goes up the weekend after Thanksgiving, runs through December. www.santasfavoriteresort.com/chocolate.html.
More than 70 lighted boat parades will be staged on Florida waterways this year. The biggest is Fort Lauderdale’s Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, which motors off on its 12-mile journey from downtown Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. An estimated million spectators will be on hand, some in grandstands. 954-767-0686, www.winterfestparade.com.
Elsewhere in southeast Florida, boat parades are scheduled in Boca Raton Dec. 8; Boynton Beach Dec. 7; Fort Pierce Dec. 8; Jupiter Dec. 1; Key Largo Dec. 8; Key West Dec. 15; Lower Florida Keys Dec.15; Marathon Dec. 8; Key Colony Beach Dec. 9; Miami Dec. 15; Palm Beach Dec. 1; and Pompano Beach Dec. 9. For a complete list and details of all Florida boat parades, go to http://floridabywater.com/component/content/article/1647-boat-parades.